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Kettle had a relapse over the weekend - turned out to be a spleen tumor causing intermittent internal hemorrhaging. If it had been benign, surgical removal could have given her a few more years, but when she was on the table they found it had spread extensively, just too small to show up on x-rays yet, and I made the decision to let her go. My heart is broken, but Iike all of us who love our fur kids I knew this day would come, I've walked this road before. There is comfort in knowing she didn't catch a weird skunk disease, that there was nothing else I could have done, and that she ended her days a little weak and wobbly, but in very little suffering, still happy to sniff the wind and shove her head under my arm for ear scritches and gobble turkey deli slices and bark insistently and drag the evening caretaker at the vet outside because no way was she peeing anywhere but the grass, heck yeah! My carpet already seems too clean, sadly lacking its usual black lab sheddings. She was a very very good dog, and her happy goofy doggie smile will be in my heart always.

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Oct. 2nd, 2014 06:38 pm
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Sweet googly moogly, crazy week! My car seems to be developing transmission trouble, but the transmission guy is completely swamped and can't take a look until some time next week. Transmission stuff isn't usually cheap, ack. Luckily between mom and brother, I think I can borrow cars to get to work and grocery in the meantime. I also got a citation from the health department for my brush pile in the back yard, of all things. It's not a HUGE brush pile, maybe 8 ft diameter, and I keep it for wildlife habitat, like all my "make your backyard a wildlife habitat" books say to do, but I've read rants from people who try to fight the health dept. on this kind of thing and they usually don't win. I have a feeling someone called the health dept on my neighbor who has dragged an entire very large downed tree to their backyard (hooked it up to a pick up truck and dragged it from the front yard - rather ingenious, I'll give them that. I was waiting for the rope to snap and the ambulances to arrive) along with a couple of junk cars, and they saw my brush pile and decided to cite me while they were at it. I just don't have time to haul it out by the Oct. 8 deadline they gave me so I'm paying a tree service a bucketload to clean it out. Maybe I'll get some free mulch in the bargain if they chip it all up though, so there's that.

All the vets know my name... )
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I mean, just look at that face! "Look mom, I'm wearing the laundry!" Goofbucket XD

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My old modem has been acting wonky for the last few weeks, and Friday it gave out completely - the lifespan of the AT&T ones seems to be about two years. Best Buy didn't even carry them anymore, but had another brand which would work with my internet service, so got it all set up, internet up and running again, nice and zippy...and I accidentally hit the power adapter while moving my bed up against the wall and broke off the prongs. So now it will be a week or so until the replacement adapter arrives, since Best Buy doesn't sell those separately *grumble grumble* I can still poke about with my phone, thank goodness :)

Pictures! Just 'cause I can. )

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Full house

Aug. 14th, 2012 10:02 pm
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Beren, my other dog who was long ago kidnapped by my mom. He's spending the night so tomorrow I can take him to the vet to get a mass removed. Probably just a fatty tumor, he had one removed last year that was suspicious but turned out to be benign, and now he's got another on his leg that's just irregular and worrisome enough that we're having it off, just to be safe.

With two big dogs, three cats, two skunks, and ten stinky opossums getting big enough they want to run run run it's a busy place around here!

Construction, kittehs, roses and a few other oddments )

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Full house

Aug. 14th, 2012 10:02 pm
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Beren, my other dog who was long ago kidnapped by my mom. He's spending the night so tomorrow I can take him to the vet to get a mass removed. Probably just a fatty tumor, he had one removed last year that was suspicious but turned out to be benign, and now he's got another on his leg that's just irregular and worrisome enough that we're having it off, just to be safe.

With two big dogs, three cats, two skunks, and ten stinky opossums getting big enough they want to run run run it's a busy place around here!

Construction, kittehs, roses and a few other oddments )

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No go on the meteor shower program last night, unfortunately, due to some heavy cloud cover that rolled in right around 10pm. It was too late to cancel the program, but only a couple of families showed up early on - we saw bats! and raccoons! and heard barred owls hootin' it up! and for about sixty seconds we could see Vega! so not a total loss ^_~ and I locked up and went home about 11pm.

Photo of moon-in-the-clouds from last night )


Here's a phone video of Kettle and Toast ) being adorable. This actually goes on all the time, but it's rare I can get it on video since as soon as I pull out a camera they both want to come over and investigate :P

Still getting things sorted out for the next chapter of Project Reset: The Prequel (have been very much enjoying all the discussion on chapter 2, btw ^_^), but in the meantime, have a little bonus scene:

Project Reset: The Prequel: Bonus Scene! )
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Streetwise my little smartypantsphone has been earning his data plan this week - lots of wild weather, what I like to call "scrambled" weather where you have to be ready for anything and everything:  raging thunderstorms that pop up for ten minutes and then gorgeous blue skies, followed by eerie humid stillness with glowing gray-green clouds that may or may not do anything impressive.  When I'm out in the middle of a wide-open field with 60 fifth graders catching frogs, it's been marvelous to be able to pull up a weather radar whenever I want (last year, as I recall, I had to call back to the nature center and get someone else to pull up the radar on the computer..."so, the red blob, does it look like it's getting bigger and moving towards us?  or smaller and moving away?)

All right, let's see if LJ gesmushes up all my pictures this time... )
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I found my video camera!  \o/  It's been MIA for over a month now, and I was starting to give up hope - last time I remember seeing it was on my desk at work, and I remember thinking I needed to take it home and then...total blank.  Couldn't remember what I did with it, couldn't find it anywhere, figured someone must have snatched it off the desk even though we've never had anything taken from the offices before, and especially not during the slow season.  Found it tonight in a bucket on top of Smidge's house, when I was doing a little cleaning up - oh yeah!  I had a bunch of little random stuff to carry from the car, so I tossed it all in the bucket to make it easier to carry!  *facepalm*

The other little camera I've been using does better for resolution, if I ever want to enlarge something, but not quite so good with the close-ups or action shots.   In kitten photography, most shots are action shots, I've discovered :P

Blurry Kettle and Toast frolics under cut )


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Got a frantic call from the gatehouse lady at the park today about 4pm - someone had dumped a kitten at the park and she had it in the gatehouse and she didn't know what to do *flail flail flail*!  So I picked him up and drove home with him loose in the car (which I don't recommend, as a rule, but I was at work and all my crates and carriers happened to be at home, of course, and traffic is pretty light on a Sunday afternoon).  Poor little doober was cold (it was barely 20F out today!  People just...I mean, HOW CAN ANYONE DO THAT!) and skinny and massively traumatized - he has been meowing continuously for nearly three hours and sticks to me like glue.  I had to leave him in my office while I locked up the nature center to go home, and it was like dropping off your kid at preschool for the first time and they stand at the door and wail their little heart out. 

I've got him home now, and he's warm and fed and other than being a bit bony, seems to be healthy.  I'll probably keep him for a week or so, on the unlikely chance that he's an escapee and someone claims him, and then find him a good home (already have one possible taker). 

Kitty photos, plus a doggie and opossum and wrist update )
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(Lookee - I did a youtube!)  Apparently, a walnut in a hole is WAY freakier than the 50 or so under the tree.  Kettle is so fun to tease - it's terrible, but I just can't help it!  What better way to spend the afternoon than chasing your dog around the yard with a walnut?
A walnut in a hole is freakier than 50 under the tree )

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